Delaware state flag
is the second smallest state. Its capital is Dover. Delaware's
statehood is December 7,1787. Delaware is called "The First State".
Delaware is also called Diamond State. The reason for that is because
it was the first of the original 13 states to approve the constitution.
Delaware was a state even before that though. New Castle was named
the state capital of Delaware, in 1776. But it was changed to Dover
a year later (1777). Kent County, lies in Dover. There are
only three counties in the second smallest state, Delaware. The population
of Delaware is 731,900. It is ranked 46th in population.
Delaware's State Bird
Delaware's state bird is the blue hen chicken. The old english game
hen. The "blue hen" is a variety of the old English game hen.
This breed of chicken is developed for fighting. These fights were
a common sport in Colonial America. Rooster fights are illegal now.
Not many people raise the blue variety of game hen, but they are still
used in show.
Delaware's State Tree
The American holly is a tree that has red berries, and waxy pointed green
leaves. American holly trees grow wild in most of the southeast.
There are over 300 varieties of holly, developed by tree cultivators.
Delaware State Flower
Delaware's state flower is the Peach Blossom. The Peach blossom is colored by the pink blossoms of the peach trees. Peach blossoms are small with five petals. Peach trees stand 15 to 25 feet (5-8 meters) tall. The first peach trees were probably brought to North America by the Spanish explorers in the 1500's.
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